There is confusion in the UDF camp. It has emerged that the party’s legislators have taken different positions on how to support the ruling party of President Joyce Banda.

The UDF is credited for defeating late dictator Kamuzu Banda in the first popular elections which ushered in a multi party system of government more than 20 years ago.

On Wednesday morning the party’s Chief Whip Dr. Clement told journalists a press conference that the party has not been swallowed by President Banda’s People’s Party (PP), saying their support to Banda is only in Parliament and not outside the House.

Tembo: His MCP thinks JB is traveling too much

Malawi’s opposition in parliament has accused President Joyce Banda of traveling too much at the expense of tax payers and tore apart her financial plan for 2012/13 unveiled last Friday.

Malawi Congress Party, the longest serving opposition party and Malawi’s first ruling party, went to town on Banda saying her 2012/13 budget has failed to mitigate the effects of devaluation on the most people population.

Banda, Africa’s new darling of Western donors, took over as President in April after the sudden death of President Bingu Wa Mutharika. She has travelled to six countries since then, a development MCP describe in parliament on Monday as wasteful. She is currently in the United States after spending a week in the UK.

Atupele Muluzi, left,greets leader of opposition John Tembo.

Malawi’s new ruling party led by first woman President Joyce Banda has now become the new attraction in town with politicians flocking to it like ducks to water

Many,including some former ministers want to join Banda’s People’s Party (PP), which not too long ago was being described as a briefcase party, a party of disgruntled politicians.

According to PP officials over 80 applications from late Mutharika’s party – DPP have been received. From the United Democratic Front (UDF), a party that became popular for ousting the single party rule of late dictator Kamuzu Banda, 98 members including some legislators have joined PP.

PP claims that even former ministers like Goodall Gondwe, Vuwa Kaunda were among the applicants to join Banda’s party but have been rejected,  a claim both dismissed as propaganda.

Atupele Muluzi greets leader of opposition JZU in parliament

Malawi’s leader of opposition John  Tembo on Monday poked fun at President Mutharika for asking the IMF to give him three more years before devaluing the kwacha against the dollar.

The Fund wants Malawi to devalue the kwacha to K250 against the dollar to help stem a flourishing black market and bring back the suspended extended credit facility programme – crucial to unlocking budget support which is being withheld by western donors.